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CNN
Dec 4, 2011 1:00am PST
analysis. we will have you back. >>> home sweet home. american troops return to ft. hood, texas but this time it is different. we'll explain after the break. [ electronic beeping ] [ male announcer ] still getting dandruff? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®. >>> no one is more grateful for the end of the war in iraq than our soldiers' families. that was clear at ft. hood, texas, as arriving servicemen and women were enthusiastically welcomed home. as chris lawrence explains, they are looking forward to staying on base for a while. >> reporter: hey, don, i know you have seen a lot of these home comings over the years. it just never, ever gets old. in the case of this one, it's very special in that the case of iraq, there's no next time. it's really hard to describe the emotion going on here before the troops arrived. kids were running around, jumping up and down. they had so much excitement, anticipation of the families. it's been a long ten months. and then all of a sudden the smoke starts coming out and the gate ri
CNN
Dec 24, 2011 7:00am PST
, it's all going to be texas. dallas is a huge hub for a lot of people to come in. american is the big hub there. it will be tough there. >> chad myers, one of your fellow -- >> great man. bring it on. >> he said in one of the 12 years i've been here at cnn this is one of the best if not the best travel weekends for christmas that i've seen. he said people have it pretty good. no big issues. >> he's right. he really is. other than texas, there's nothing else people can't handle. >> i was trooith to get you to disagree. >> no. take a look at this. this is parts of -- this is albuquerque. look at the snow coming through. it's not just snowflakes. a lot of it is tiny rain drops when he hits the surface. obviously, someone was successful getting through there, but we have had a lot of accidents. we can see more of those. west texas is one of the places where you can have some trouble. perfect scenario where you are a large vehicle, big ee cono line van. still, really no contest. and you love this shot, don't you? >> well, the guy -- you said this usually doesn't work by gassing it on the i
CNN
Dec 25, 2011 9:00pm PST
. including texas. texas is well known to be -- in fact may even be the highest in terms of executions for any state in america. so i guess the part of your issue, unless i'm wrong, is that a lot of your brethren that come to watch you presumably would support the death penalty? >> sure, i think so. i think -- i don't know for a fact. but i think many of them -- many people do. and, you know, i just again, i don't know the right answer. it's hard for me to tell someone to be put to death. >> but if you came out particularly in somewhere like texas you, joel osteen, came out and said, enough. i don't think we can continue with this. particularly based on the facts. joel, my problem with the whole death penalty debate are the statistics these days are alarming. over 100 people in america on death row have had their sentences commuted because of new evidence. 17 of them because dna evidence proved they didn't commit the crime. when you hear that, surely you begin to think that this isn't right. and you have a lot of influence in your state. people will be watching this thinking, well, what do
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Dec 18, 2011 2:00pm PST
take christmas flight to a courthouse in texas. we'll tell you why people gathered in support of a nativity scene. wow. nice place. yeah. [ chuckles ] the family thinks i'm out shipping these. smooth move. you used priority mail flat rate boxes. if it fits, it ships for a low, flat rate. paid for postage online and arranged a free pickup. and i'm gonna track them online, too. nice. between those boxes and this place, i'm totally staying sane this year. do i smell snickerdoodles? maybe. [ timer dings ] got to go. priority mail flat rate shipping at usps.com. a simpler way to ship. good gravy, bill. our insurance company doesn't have anything like it. magnificent, isn't it? with progressive, it's easy to cover all of your favorite rides. progressive has truck insurance? number one in truck and motorcycle. is that a golf cart? yep. we also cover rvs, boats, atvs. anything else i can help you with? can i take a ride? you need a ticket -- i'm first! and that's by the water slide. okay. no running. oh, dear. save on all your rides. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> the pr
CNN
Dec 20, 2011 6:00am PST
nation's midsection. blizzard warnings from colorado to new mexico to texas. wind gusts have been clocked at 50 miles per hour and some areas reporting up to 15 inches of snow and a remarkable 200-mile stretch of interstate 40 is now closed from albuquerque to the texas state line. >> this storm is one of the strongest ones i've seen in years, basically because of the wind. >> they told me to turn back. >> let's get the latest on that road closure, shall we? >> reporter for cnn affiliate in albuquerque. the storm is winding down, what about the road conditions? improving at all? >> well, yeah, the road conditions in the metro area in albuquerque proper have actually improved. they're pretty drivable and it's once you get out of the city, you head east, that's where the big mess is. for 14 hours now, 14 hours is what we're going on. the i-40 eastbound lanes from the heart of the city all the way to the texas state line are still shut down. you can see we're here in front of one of the onramps and the gates are still locked, why? because the state police, new mexico d.o.t. says a lo
CNN
Dec 20, 2011 5:00pm PST
six deaths as it stretches from southeast colorado to northern texas. ten foot high snowdrifts, winds of 50 miles an hour. frigid temperatures are part of this monster storm. any holiday travel in the area that's at a stand still. karen, it seems like a huge storm. you saw some of the images. blizzard conditions spanning from colorado to kansas. how is the storm looking? >> this is a very fast-moving system. it has raced all the way from the four corners region and plowing into the central mississippi river valley. it's taking with it a lot of that moisture. it's getting modified quite a bit. we're starting to see some of the thunderstorms erupting across the leading edge of this system. this is the warm sector. on the northern edge that's where we've seen the snowfall. it has moderated quite a bit. taking a look at some of the pictures, images coming out of kansas, right around hayes, kansas. around interstate 70 going into and out of colorado. interstate 25 as well. through wyoming. very difficult travel here. we did see some blizzard conditions. in some instances the winds w
CNN
Dec 2, 2011 3:00pm PST
campaign has is they still think it can be played national l lynationally, in texas. >> when you watch governor perry and he's stumbled himself into a tough box. you think what? >> beyond a texan, i'm a texas aggie graduate, i say, rick, take the aggie ring off. maybe it's the orange tie t long horn thing. this is what happens also, i believe, when you get in the case because so many other folks were pushing you and you got in so late. remember, we talked about this with wolf blitzer. i said this is like the nfl draft. you can go number one in the draft. when you put the pads on, it's a whole dimpblt ball game. he's literally turning into the rye leaf and jamarcus russell. great on paper but one of the worst busts possible. it's unbelievable for someone with this much experience to be the governor of texas and then run this bad of a campaign, he might be last man standing. newt is getting arrogant with his comments. he might still be around. but he has to dominate every debate between now and iowa. >> you have a grass roots network. do you hear a lot of perry? >> texas alone we have 22
CNN
Dec 20, 2011 7:00pm PST
blamed for six deaths as it stretches from southeast colorado to northern texas. ten-foot high snowdrifts, winds up to 50 miles per hour, frigid temperatures part of the storm. got any holiday travel in the area? that's pretty much at a standstill. cnn meteorologist karen maginnis joins us from from atlanta with the latest. a huge storm, saw some of the images there, blizzard conditions from colorado to kansas. how is the storm looking now? >> this was a very fast-moving system and it is really raced all wait from the four corners region and now it's plowing on into the central mississippi river valley. it's taking with it a lot of the moisture and it's getting modified quite a bit. we're starting to see some of the thunderstorms erupt across the leading edge of the system. this is called the warm sector. on the northern edge of this, that's where we've seen the snowfall. it's moderated quite a bit. taking a look at the pictures, images out of kansas right around hayes, kansas, along interstate 70 going into and out of colorado along interstate 25 as well and through wyoming. v
CNN
Dec 20, 2011 8:00am PST
putting holiday travel plans on hold for millions of folks now. we are talking about parts of texas, new mexico and kansas especially hard hit. this is what it looked like in southwest kansas last night. close to a foot of snow coming down. alexandra is joining us in the cnn weather center for the storm, and it's going to be tough for people trying to travel on the holidays. >> suzanne, we talked about it yesterday. we talked about a foot of snow. i've got two feet to show you in new mexico. certainly the storm has delivered, but you know where it really has some legs left? a big picture left, still hard hit but hard hit also today. on i-40 between albuquerque and amarillo, a 200-mile stretch closed due to blizzard conditions right now. we'll talk about when things will get better. will this storm make its way to the east coast and bring snow? all of that coming up in a little bit. >>> former penn state coach joe paterno is out of a pennsylvania hospital. a source close to the family says that he was released friday. he had been there for a week recovering from a fractured hip. he a
CNN
Dec 17, 2011 12:00pm PST
freeze it then get ahold of the texas parks and wildlife service. they're going to investigate it and see what they can do. they've seen it on and off. there's an accidental release in 1988, then they disappeared. all the sudden they came back in 2006. >> that is fascinateding and very odd too. an odd problem. >> you think shrimp is a good thing. not necessarily. >> not in this case. all right. thank y thanks, jackie. see you later. >>> meantime, the war in iraq is declared officially over. that doesn't mean the problems that have come from it are over. american veterans, many of them women, dealing with their combat experience every single day. their stories and what's being done to help them, next. welcome to idaho, where they grow america's favorite potatoes. everyone knows idaho potatoes taste great. but did you know they're good for you too? they're high in vitamins and potassium. and idaho potatoes are now certified to carry the heart checkmark from the american heart association for foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. so they're good for my family, and for yours. heart
CNN
Dec 17, 2011 8:00am PST
santorum, bachmann, texas governor rick perry. in south carolina, you've got mitt romney. in virginia, newt gingerich and his wife will be sign something books, one of her new children's books. and in new hampshire, you have john puntsman. so only a few weeks away, a lot of activity. it's important for these candidates to get out there and stump. >> shannon travis, thank you, as always. >>> you can join fredericka witfield here every sunday for an entire hour dedicated to the presidential contenders in the 2012 race. >>> out of capitol hill, just finished up some work for the end of the year. a big vote just took place moments ago. kate baldwin is on capitol hill for us. this is the vote that could save people money at the beginning of the year, at least keep them from seeing a tax increase at the beginning of the year. >> chat is absolutely right. the senate passed an extension of the payroll tax cut, but only a two-month extension. we'll get a little bit more to that in a second, t.j. i do want to bring you the latest on the massive spending bill to keep the government fund
CNN
Dec 29, 2011 3:00pm PST
latest news you need to know right now. lisa. >>> hi, candy. please in grapevine, texas, a killer called 911 to report he was shooting people. authorities say they didn't understand his words at first. the man dressed in a santa shoot shot and killed six members of his family and killed himself on christmas morning. a quick warning before we play the newly released 911 recording it's both difficult to understand and disturbing to hear. >> hello, grapevine 911. do you need help? are you sick? what was that? do you need an ambulance or police? hello? >>> in other news, you may remember the 2008 crash when a marine jet plunged into a house in san diego. the pilot ejected safely, but the crash killed two women and two children in the home. now the judge just ordered the government to pay nearly $18 million to man who lost his family. he says he harbors no ill will to the marine corps or the pilot who he said did all they could. >>> finally here's a story you can sink your teeth into if you're in japan. wendies at a japanese company just announced a joint venture to open about 100 restaurants
CNN
Dec 29, 2011 11:00pm PST
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CNN
Dec 24, 2011 8:00am PST
happens in texas. one huge thorough fare is the i-20 corridor. if you're taking off going from dallas to el paso. when you get things started in dallas, what have you got? scattered showers. you're driving through the clouds, windshield wipers going crazy. then right to the point of abilene, you have an area with thursday at or below the freezing point. below 32 degrees, that twitches over to snow. take a look for that. over to abilene. now, in terms of aum calculation was we had hour we had up to. inches of snow. not going to be ta big of a deal. traveling around tl texas, that will be the biggest travel trouble spot in the nation. dallas, ft. worth, maybe going to san antonio or a flight in houston. that storm system is going to drive its way to the east, eventually moving into places like new orleans. not saying severe thunderstorms, but certainly heavy rainfall. lake-effect snow fall. the northern plains, high temperatures of 42 degrees in kansas city, 39 in minneapolis, 50 in seattle, 70 in los angeles. 37 in albuquerque. the string of 30s and 40s from boston to washington, 80 degre
CNN
Dec 28, 2011 10:00am PST
primary ballot in march, the texas governor is the first to file suit. he's challenging the constitutional validity of virginia's law requiring 10,000 petition signatures from across the commonwealth. if he doesn't succeed, virginia republicans will have a choice of two when they go to the polls, mitt romney or ron paul. >>> north korea gave its dear leader a send-off today as only north korea can. the casket bearing kim jong-il who died 11 days ago made its way for three hours through a snowy pyongyang as north koreans wailed from the sidewalks. accompanying his hearse for the first few blocks was son and heir apparent kim jong-un. later we'll get perspective on the world's most secretive state. >>> despite the presence of arab lead monitors on the ground in syria there have been more deadly clashes. observers in the besieged city of homs came under fire as they were shown victims that witnesses say were killed by government security forces. viewers may find some of these pictures disturbing. witnesses say arab lead monitors were taken to a mosque to see the body of a young
CNN
Dec 27, 2011 10:00am PST
like 10 or 12 miles away from him there in texas. i'll state categorically i worked for the guy on and off for almost 15 years and i don't recall ever hearing any racist word or anything even close to a racest word out of his mouth, like the n-word or something derogatory towards mexican-americans so is he personally racist? absolutely not. the homosexual stuff, that might be a little more iffy. it is up to the individuals to interpret that the way they please. the way they think -- whether or not he's a homo foeb or not. that's up to them. >> you say that you like him and this isn't a personal vendetta. sounds like you're walking a fine line here between trying to defend him but throwing him under the bus at the same time. >> yeah. i know that. i mean, he's a nice guy and i don't think he's got a mean bone in his body but it's his foreign policy that i have serious problems with. he said some untrue things, particularly in iowa in the last couple of weeks. i mean, and things that have skirted the edge of straight-out 911 trutherism and i want to make sure that the libertarian move
CNN
Dec 28, 2011 6:00am PST
. gingrich says he could not support ron paul, the texas congressman, if he were to win the republican nomination. listen. >> i think it's very difficult to see how you would engage in dealing with ron paul's as a nominee. >> get precise. >> given the newsletters which he has not yet disowned. >> you could not vote for ron paul. >> i would have to go a long way to have him explain himself. i think it would be very difficult to see today ron paul as a republican nominee. >> what would you do if the choice were ron paul or barak obama. >> i think you'd have a very hard choice. >> what would you do? >> i don't know, but i think barak obama is very destructive to the future of the united states. i think ron paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent american. >> newt gingrich there. will his sharp words cost him points with the party faithful? earlier he had vowed not to turn negative against fellow republicans because it would only strengthen barak obama, so we'll see in the latest polling whether or not the strategy is working for newt gingrich, the former
CNN
Dec 19, 2011 6:00am PST
hasn't changed all that much. here's where the intensity is across parts of texas. the texas panhandle and parts of new mexico where it's snowing heavily. there are some state roads in new mexico that are seeing closures at this hour. interstates are open. north texas it's all rain, heavy rain, much needed rain. that rain is going to turn to snow. we've got blizzard warnings in effect from parts of northeast arizona, texas, colorado, kansas, oklahoma. 12 to 15 inches of snow. on the back side we'll get north winds that will gust at times over 40 miles an hour. there's your moisture and snow getting up into parts of high plains as far north as kansas city and then this thing begins to track its way off towards the north and east. also with this strong possibility of seeing severe weather across southern texas, dallas down through houston. this thing will make its way off towards the east. this storm track hasn't changed all that much. it has kept the east coast on the mild side. when it heads to the northeast it will keep at least the eastern third of the country warm and at t
CNN
Dec 27, 2011 7:00pm PST
fact that this is probably playing better in texas than it is in southeastern -- >> that's perry's last stand. >> how does gingrich have to do in iowa, hillary? >> you know he has to do well. he doesn't have to win, but he has to at least come in i think second to stay in this. but you know, we're going to go into new hampshire in a week, after iowa, then south carolina a week later, florida a week after that. gingrich is doing very well in south carolina and florida right now. but the primaries tend to have a sort of momentum factor. and people had a lot of expectations for gingrich essentially as the viable anti-romney candidate. if ron paul ends up winning iowa, i frankly think that iowa gets dismissed and it all just moves to the next three caucuses. to really determine it. >> we'll be there again in four years, i think, because it's just what we do. but this reminds me very much of the thompson campaign four years ago, hilary, of which i was a member, where we came in third just barely beating out john mccain. it wasn't quite bad enough to drop out right then, which would have
CNN
Dec 18, 2011 1:00pm PST
. travel will become dangerous if not impossible across much of the region tomorrow. texas and oklahoma are expecting up to 15 inches of snow. >>> so we begin our political hour with some key endorsements for republican presidential candidate mitt romney. the latest comes from former gop presidential nominee bob dole. dole announced his choice in an advertisement in today's des moines register. he says he's the best candidate suited to beat president obama in 2012. dole's public backing comes a day after the des moines paper announced its support for romney. the state's largest newspaper says the former massachusetts governor is the most qualified candidate competing in the caucuses. >>> the conservative christian group the family leader is expected to release its endorsement in the next 24 hours. cnn political reporter shannon travis joins us from des moines. any word on who the family leader will be supporting? >> reporter: yeah, fred. no firm word on who the family lead will endorse yet or whether it will endorse. it is important to note that sources tell me they're deadlocked now betwee
CNN
Dec 21, 2011 4:00pm PST
? let's asking republican jeb hensarling from texas, co-chair of the deficit super committee which, of course, sir, i want to talk about. let me start first with this payroll issue. how is this going to end? >> well, i wish i new, erin. my mother-in-law says the least you can do is show up. we're waiting for our democratic colleagues to at least show up and negotiate. what's a little bit ironic here is that there's only one body of congress that has given the president what he claimed he wanted, and that is the house. the house passed a bill that extends the social security payroll tax holiday. the senate didn't do that. the house passed a deal that extended the extended unemployment insurance for a year. the senate didn't do that. the president said, we need to work over the holidays. we have members of congress in washington right now tonight waiting on their democratic colleagues to come and work. it's ironic that it's the house that's giving the president what he says he wants. yet he criticizes us. i hope we can get this done. it's also ironic, the reason we're here, frankly,
CNN
Dec 25, 2011 6:00am PST
a congressman from texas, had to say. "in the end, house republicans felt like they were re-enacting the alamo with no reinforcements and our friends shooting at us." you were among the friends shooting at the house, saying pass this two-month thing, we need it done. do you feel as though you undercut particularly house tea party members who wanted to have this fight? >> no, i don't think so. i think that mitch mcconnell, our senate leader, offered an avenue of approach that said this is a serious business, we ought to talk about a year solution, but this is not likely to be resolved in the next few days. in the meanwhile, wage earners all over america will see the tax holiday go, quite apart from those who are unemployed, on unemployment compensation, or the doctors in medicare. in other words, the implications of this. so why don't we as a matter of fact talk for a period of time but do so after the first of january. >> most people say, good heavens. you've been talking about this for months and nothing got resolved. in fact, there's about a three our four-week discussion where nob
CNN
Dec 22, 2011 5:00pm PST
. yes. capable. >> sound far-fetched? not in cold spring texas. that's where a few years back a school janitor named murray burr was murdered, stabbed dozens of times in his home. and this young woman, megan winfrey, was convicted of the killing in part because a dog by scent alone put her at the murder scene. now she's serving life in prison. her father, richard, was stunned that the evidence stood up. after all, he and megan's brother were also identified as suspects by that dog but the courts dropped the charges after deciding that the dog's evidence was fatally flauged. >> i just can't believe that that's even thought of, that they can take somebodies life away over a dog. >> so how are dogs trained for so-called scent line-ups? professional trainer and police dog trainer used pizza boxes. crime would be placed where a dog could only smell them. >> we're going to close the box so that there's no visual cue. >> reporter: the dog is then give ebb a scent from the crime scene and brought in. if he sits in front of the sample, he's matched a suspect to the crime. but here's the problem
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Dec 29, 2011 4:00pm PST
/suicide in grapevine, texas, that took the lives of seven family members. in it the gunman who had dressed up as santa claus is heard whispering about the rampage. >> hello, grapevine, 911. >> help me. help me. >> youio need help? >> are you sick? >> i'm shooting people. >> do you need an ambulance or police? hello? one moment. >> he was said to have been marital and financial problems opened fire on his estranged wife, his teenage children, his wife's sister, her husband and his niece before turning the gun on himself. in pack, just 30 minutes before the 9 len call was made his niece sent this text message to a friend. i'm going to quote it. so we're here. we just got here and my uncle is here, too, dressed as santa. awesome. she then sent a second text 15 minutes later. now he wants to be all fartherly and win father of the year. police now believe that before he killed himself he tried to stage the crime scene by placing one of the two guns used in the killings in the hands of his brother-in-law, but according to authorities once he realized what he'd done, he killed himself as
CNN
Dec 19, 2011 12:00pm PST
panhandles of texas and oklahoma, southwestern kansas and southeastern areas of colorado. that's really who will get hit the hardest with this. and, again, here's where we'll see the heaviest amount of snow, but i-40 and i-25 we could see potentially those interstates, portions of them, closed today for near zero visibility. so the d.o.t. could potentially do that. here's the i-40 from new mexico into texas, this is the 25 corridor. this is really the corridor of concern it's a quick mover, brooke. should be complete by tomorrow, but behind it we'll have all the snow on the ground. no melting anytime soon. >> that's my next question. is it cold enough for it to stay? >> yes, it will be all the way through christmas. >> white christmas for the southwest. >>> al we roll into hour two, watch this. welcome back, let's get right to it, the big story and quick question mark lying over the divided korean peninsula. who is in charge now that kim jong-il is dead? who's happening today with the nearly 30,000 american troops stationed just below the dmz? and does this mark the beginning of a brighter
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Dec 3, 2011 9:00am PST
in the war in iraq are now coming home. we'll have today's emotional reunions from ft. hood texas and country singer mindy mccready faces the music in her custody battle. she and her son were missing for three days. where investigators found them after this. nyquil:what? tissue box (whispering): he said nasal congestion... nyquil: i heard him. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. >>> oh, what a happy moment for so many families there at ft. hood, texas, today. the last of our brave men and women who served in iraq coming home. this was the scene in indiana earlier this week as 100 soldiers returned. >>> this homecoming happened yesterday for 60 national guard troops in san mateo, california, correspondent chris lawrence is at the reunion at ft. hood. >> i know you've seen a lot of these homecomings and it just never gets old. the thing that makes this so special is a lot of these troops in the case of iraq, there is no next time. it's really hard to describe the emotion going on before the troops arrived. kids were
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Dec 26, 2011 6:00am PST
grapevine, texas, say three men and four women were shot to death on christmas day. they may have been opening gifts when they were killed. the apparent murder-suicide happened at an apartment outside of dallas. officials believe all the victims were related. the seven victims total. >>> officials in nevada suspect arson in the blaze that heavily damaged a post office on sunday. about 800 people get their mail there. investigators also found bullet holes and anti-government graffiti on the walls, and federal agents are joining the investigation into this one. >>> and there is a new multimillionaire in maryland. lottery officials say the winning ticket for saturday's $125 million powerball jackpot was sold at wesley's restaurant and lounge. >> one of my employees talked to him, and he said he got the ticket here. and they asked him the number again. and said i'll be in about two days to see you. i want everything to settle down a little bit. >> i hope it's somebody that really needs the money. it's a lot of money. it will change their lives, for the better i hope. what a great chri
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Dec 18, 2011 11:30am PST
texas. that will be the area we're watching. look at that snow beginning to accumulate. albuquerque several inches. you can see that big bull's eye of where we expect the heaviest of snow accumulations. those of you in the east coast say this isn't going to affect me. well this is heading your way likely more of a rainmaker than anything else, but just a head's up for your wednesday. >> all right. have the slickers ready. umbrellas. thanks so much, jacqui. >>> thousands of military veterans back home, but not out of harm's way. intensifying help to prevent post-war tragedies. and fewer marriages taking place in the united states. coming up, details on why couples are saying i don't. >>> the last of the u.s. combat troops left iraq and crossed into kuwait, but for some war veterans, transitioning is the hardest part. and that's why in large part, veterans account for 20% of all u.s. suicides. at the veterans crisis line, they're trying to help. >> thanks for calling the hotline, this is scott, how can i help you? eric, first off, i can say thanks for serving. what do you mean by cris
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Dec 25, 2011 4:00am PST
alabama and into atlanta even. back out to the west, it's cold enough for snow to pop up into texas. but as we look at the southeast where we're watching for the thunderstorm activity, you see to jackson, mississippi, working to new orleans, the panhandle of florida also facing the threat for severe weather, and there's atlanta just getting some light rain right now. further off to the south and west of the city. overall we are going to see that change to a heavier rain. unfortunately, a wet christmas for atlanta rather than a white one. we've actually had snow here on christmas in the past. let's take a look at travel delays for those of you that are heading somewhere for this christmas. atlanta, light rain. new york areas, nice, but wind could cause a slowdown or two. philadelphia, windy weather. chicago, winds. and also in minneapolis. overall what's really nice to see is that these -- most of these delays are under an hour. we will be seeing pretty good conditions. the breezy weather across the great lakes and as that colder air comes over the warmer weather of the great lakes, watch
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Dec 24, 2011 3:00am PST
christmas, some of you do, but it can get ridiculous here. look at this scene. texas will have some issues. these are the roads in el paso. a lot of the streets are glazed over sending people on quite a ride as you see there. three to six inches of snow expected to accumulate in el paso before it moves on later this morning. let us say good morning to -- who is that? is that reynolds? >> i know, hard to believe. i feel like we said good-bye two weekends in a row. >> because there was some confusion about the schedule, a little confusion about scheduling, i thought my last newscast with reynolds was going to be last weekend. but look at this little christmas gift. >> i'm like toenail fungus, you work as hard as you can to get rid of it, but it comes back. hello, mr. t.f.. >> good to have you another weekend. today will actually be our last day. a lot of people, again, we are talking weather here. a lot of people still traveling. white christmas? everybody says they want one, but not that much. >> the day for a white christmas was yesterday, because they had plenty of snowfall in part
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Dec 6, 2011 6:00am PST
he's their choice for the nomination ahead of mitt romney and ron paul, the congressman from texas. two other polls in iowa showing the same thing. let's go to south carolina as well. brand-new numbers out of there. south carolina votes third in the calendar. it's the first southern state. here is a poll and there's newt gingrich again. this poll indicating the front-runner, 15 points ahead of romney with perry at 9%, the x texas governor there. this is among people most like hadly to vote in the south carolina primary. the big thing for gingrich now, take these surging poll numbers and translate it into get out the vote numbers. >> all right. now last hour we talked about nancy pelosi saying she has 1,000 pages of stuff on gingrich. let's explain. >> yeah, this dates back to the late 1990s when gingrich was the house speaker. nancy pelosi, part of the democratic leadership at the time. and there were a bunch of ethics investigations against gingrich, 84 to be exact. what nancy pelosi said yesterday, i know a lot about him. i served on the investigative committee that investigated
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Dec 19, 2011 3:00am PST
storm warning and blifrt warnings including the texas panhandle. southeastern parts of colorado, getting into parts of kansas as well and the timing of this, just getting going now. as we go through the day today, things begin to increase and blizzard condition as problem this afternoon and tonight and travel along those interstates will be difficult if not impossible at times. also, the severe threat for thunderstorms from dallas through houston today. east of the mississippi after a chilly, chilly weekend. temperatures rebound nicely. lake-effect snows across parts of the eastern great lakes. temps not cold enough for that today. 47 degrees in new york city. 61 degrees in atlanta. next hour, talk about the chances of that snow getting to the northeast. looking for a white christmas? don't hold your breath. >> really? okay. >> thought that was going the other way for a moment. it's such a mild -- cold but relatively clear week for us in the northeast. i assume that means by the end of the week, snow. >> speak for yourself. >> wanted to try. snow there or same scene? no snow in toronto?
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Dec 5, 2011 3:00am PST
the former massachusetts governor mitt romney and congressman ron paul of texas, each at 19%. as for gingrich, today, just before that news conference in new york today, he'll meet with donald trump. of course, he becomes about the fifth candidate that will meet with trump. alina? >> never a dull moment. paul steinhauser live in washington. thank you. >>> democrats today unveil a payroll tax cut compromise plan. harry reid will introduce this proposal which would extend a cut in the pay roll taxes used to pay for social security. it's a compromise between duelling plans rejected by the senate last week. no word yet of specifics of the plan. a hefty $200 million price tag will be fully paid for, say democrats. if they don't do there, americans will have a $900 increase in taxes next year. >>> a cash-strapped united states postal service unveil as new cost-cutting plan this morning. under the proposal, first class mail would no longer be delivered the next day. they want to change the nashltil standard to two to three days for delivery. they've racked up more than $5 billion in deb
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Dec 23, 2011 2:00am PST
, yes. yes. capable. >> reporter: sound farfetched? not in cold spring, texas. that's where a few years back a school janitor named murray burr was murdered, stabbed dozens of times in his home, and this young woman, megan winfrey was convicted of the killing because a dog by scent alone put her at the murder scene. now she's in prison serving a life sentence. >> the dog scent thing, that's the biggest joke there ever was. >> reporter: her father, richard, was stunned that the evidence stood up. after all, he and megan's brother were also identified as suspects by that dog. but the courts dropped the charges after deciding the dog evidence was fatally flawed. >> i just can't believe that that's even thought of, that ç they can take somebody's life away over a dog. >> reporter: so how are dogs trained for so-called scent lineups? professional trainer and police officer, david vladimir gave us a demonstration with some unused pizza boxes. targets in this case, vials of bed bugs but in a crime within maybe bits of clothing from suspects and others would be placed where a dog could only s
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Dec 4, 2011 9:00am PST
texas. congressman, you were greeted this morning by a new "des moines register" poll that i want to share with our audience. it is showing newt gingrich on top at 25%. and then coming in second, ron paul at 18%. beating out mitt romney at 16%. and everyone else in the single digits. how do you take these numbers and roll it into a victory in january? have you got the manpower to do it? >> of course it is very encouraging because we're getting pretty close to it being within the margin of error. so i think we continue to do what we're doing. we've had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign. i'd like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade. we keep plodding along on a couple of issues that are really striking a chord with the people. and that is, of course, the wars, the end of the wars going on, as well as the financial condition of the country, because i've been talking about the housing bubble and the financial situation that we have and the crisis going on and even the recent promises that we, the united states, with our dollar, will bail out europe. s
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Dec 21, 2011 10:00pm PST
up other passages from his newsletters that he did not deny writing. one called late texas congresswoman barbara jordan, who was african-american, quote, a half-educated victimologist. and talking about crime in washington, quote, given the inefficiencies of what d.c. laughingly calls the criminal justice system, i think we can safely say 95% of black males in that city are semicriminal or entirely criminal. nor did he deny writing this statement -- if you have ever been robbed by a black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet of foot they can be. he was asked about that and the other two statements as well by "the dallas morning news." the reporter writing, quote, dr. paul denied suggestions that he was a racist and said he was not evoking stereotypes when he wrote the columns. he said they should be read and quoted in their entirety to avoid misrepresentation. again, though, at that time he did not deny writing the passages. five years later talking to the texas monthly, paul backed away from all of that. he changed his tune. quote, they were never my words, he sa
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Dec 29, 2011 6:00am PST
she suggested that rick perry's advocacy for gardasil vaccinations in texas for sixth grade girls to do away with hpv caused retardation. what it was, it was a moment that's illustrative of all of her problems, essentially at heart michele bachmann's problem is that she's somewhat of a populousest. she says something and gets the crowd clapping and cheering along and becomes in love with that fact and then a comedian working a room a risky joke it works and another one, it works and then one undeniably inappropriate and the room's gone silent. done it with $2 gas and saying we should never raise the debt ceiling to saying gardasil causes retardation. you just can't take this risk. >> right. speaking of the straw, she won the ames straw poll. let me ask you this, electability. who would be the best against barack obama? is it still in your view, mitt romney as many analysts are still saying regardless of what happens in iowa, it's going to be him, l.z.? >> absolutely. when you look at the politics and by everyone else and i mean anyone else but romney. you look at them politically, ea
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Dec 16, 2011 6:00am PST
. we're the national champions in job creation back in texas. but i'm all ready for the next level. let me tell you, i hope i am the tim tebow of the iowa caucuses. >> all right, i'm going to try to get jim acosta to be honest with me. he's in sioux city, iowa. tell me the truth, jim. when you heard that, what was your reaction when you heard him making it through that whole tim tebow comparison? >> he will need to be tim tebow if he wants to win the iowa caucuses, t.j. people are describing that as the hail mary pass. he needs three or four hail mary passes to win the iowa caucuses that are coming up a couple weeks from now. you said it very well at the top of all this, t.j. this was a tough night for newt gingrich and found out what it is like to be the frontrunner before the caucus begins here in iowa and he was hit early and hit hard. michele bachmann was going right after the former speaker on the issue of all that money that newt gingrich made in the last decade with the mortgage giant freddie mac and she made no bones about it. she basically said he was influenced peddling during
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Dec 4, 2011 3:00am PST
texas man saw the story and says he may have solved the mystery. said a similar object fell through his roof after breaking off a piece of construction equipment. where is this coming from? where is this stuff -- come on. >> you have to remember that up in space you have all kinds of stuff that's been there for ages -- when i say ages, talking about sputnik in the '50s and pioneer that we sent up and nasa sent up there, and a lot of countries sent things up into space. they eventually fall out of orbit. i have to give you inside baseball and although i am cuckoo for cocoa puffs, i am not -- but thursday night i'm driving through the carolinas for a story, and we saw a streak across the sky -- >> stop, reynolds. >> i'm not kidding you. you know how you see the falling stars that pop -- this was up there for at least a good on one 1,000, two 1,000 -- >> i'm not talk -- >> something weird. it was a great meteorite that went across the sky. just saying, happened at the same time, never know. >> the meteorologist happened to see it. >> that's right, that's right. >> okay. co cuckoo for c
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Dec 9, 2011 6:00am PST
texas governor, and michele bachmann, congresswoman from minnesota saying thanks, but no thanks. bachmann has met four times with trump. trump says he'll probably make an endorsement after this debate but he says if he doesn't want to, he may go with independents. stay tuned, you never know. >> this debate will be without herman cain. he might be out of the race but we are hearing a lot from him still, paul. >> he's doing interviews this week and talking about trying to still get his message out there even though he suspended his campaign for the white house. he talk about maybe a radio or tv gig. he was a radio talk show host in atlanta before he ran for the white house earlier this year. he also talk about an endorsement. remember he said he would make an endorsement week ago? here's what he said last night on fox news. >> i am in the process of making that evaluation. remember, as a businessman, i don't shoot from the hip and so i have some discussions that i'm going to have with several of the candidates and we've got to see how far apart we are. >> who has sought your endor
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Dec 15, 2011 1:00pm PST
. last week, when i interviewed texas governor rick perry, he said he was going to make a major push during the last three weeks. he's going all out and he's got several million dollars. >> he doesn't have a lot of time for a comeback, so he's trying to come back in iowa. these debates have not been good for him as you point out. he's on this two-week bus tour and he's trying to portray himself as the real conservative in this race. he's trying to appeal to those evangelical voters in iowa. take a listen to one of his new campaign ads. >> newt gingrich supported increwsing the federal debt ceiling. mitt romney raised business taxes 20% in massachusetts. gingrich and romney, insiders. rick perriry plans to create jobs and overhaul washington with a part time congress make him the outside political insiders fear most. >> so, he is on that bus tour that's going around the state and he has seen his numbers increase. he is spending millions of dollars in the state of iowa. he's still in fourth place, wolf, at about 13%, but about a month ago, he was 5%. so that's a petty big increase. >>
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Dec 10, 2011 1:00pm PST
night. more than seven inches in jensen beach. and rain in parts of texas. people are happy about that. >> that's good fluz for them, then. not so good for other folks who don't want to as much. >> thanks, jacqui. >>> i'm fredricka whitfield, have a great evening. on my phone, i got internet! hotspot five dollars. hey, hey, hey, hey. i can see who's on my network people! lance? lance? yes, yes you are next. all right. dave, i'm in. ♪ katie! what are you doing, sweetheart? supplementing my allowance. how long have we been gone? [ male announcer ] get low prices on the latest 4g phones, starting at $28.88. save money. live better. walmart.
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Dec 27, 2011 3:00am PST
. >> reporter: in this ad anita perry tells about her texas high school sweethearse, rick perry. >> i said up front openly i've made mistakes at times. i've had to go to god for forgiveness, seek reconciliation, but i'm also a 68-year-old grandfather and i think people have to measure who i am now and whether i'm a person they can trust. >> reporter: in a conservative state of iowa, political watchers say personal is political. >> the personal history does matter, at least in 2008, 60% of participants in the iowa caucus were evangelical christians. >> reporter: but a strong tenet for evangelical christians is forgiveness. making a direct appeal to them earlier this month, gingrich signed a pledge to defend and strengthen the family. the evangelical family association endorsed it. how significant is gingrich of marital history? an abc "washington post" poll found 72% said it is not a major factor. according to an american opinion research poll, 24% of republicans found mitt romney was most honest and trustworthy compared to 12% for gingrich. these are national polls, but the question remain
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Dec 17, 2011 9:00am PST
gingrich 22%, romney 17, ron paul 17, texas governor rick perry at 13, michele bachmann at 7 and rick santorum at 7 for iowa. again, newt gingrich is on top. previously romney was on top. so these polls are fluctuating. will newt gingrich be able to maintain the lead ahead of the caucuses? we'll have to wait and see. fred. >> shannon travis in des moines, we'll check back with you. you want to join us sunday afternoon when we dedicate an hour to the presidential contenders in the 2012 election. >>> the occupy wall street movement is three-month-old today. it has spread far beyond a small park in lower manhattan. take a look right now. live pictures in new york. more evidence that the movement has not lost any steam. in fact, a lot of the organizers say it's picking up steam one more time. it started as a protest against the wealthy focusing on it calls a culture of wall street greed and the growing split between rich and poor. the critics say it really has no clear message having morphed into everything from a fight for job to anger over rising college tuition. again, people are reass
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Dec 9, 2011 12:00pm PST
mother. she denies those allegations. >>> texas police now have a new weapon to battle drug dealers and human smugglers along the border. arm gun boats, the fleet will be used along the rio grande and lakes. the price tag here? each boat more than $500,000. it comes equipped with night vision cameras and machine gun turrets. >>> breaking news just in, a sentence decision has been reached in the home invasion trial in connecticut. we'll take you there live, next. back then, he had something more important to do. he wasn't focused on his future but fortunately, somebody else was. at usaa we provide retirement solutions for our military, veterans and their families. from investments... to life insurance... to health care options. learn more with our free usaa retirement guide. call 877-242-usaa. >>> as we mentioned, we're getting an update, break being news into cnn. a sentence decision has been reached in the home invasion trial in connecticut. let's go straight to deb feyerick who is standing by outside the courthouse in new haven. this is obviously regarding the fate of joshua komis
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Dec 25, 2011 10:00am PST
with the symbol of the texas longhorns. the hook 'em horns. in some parts of the world, it's the symbol for rock on. unfortunately, in it italy it means your wife is cheating on you.
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Dec 29, 2011 10:00pm PST
by a texas man who allegedly killed six members of his family, then himself. also, a driver's rampage through his neighborhood. amazing video i'll show you ahead. [ coughing ] [ male announcer ] got a cold? [ sniffling ] [ male announcer ] not sure what to take? now robitussin® makes finding the right relief simpler than ever. click on the robitussin® relief finder. click on your symptoms. get your right relief. ♪ makes the cold aisle easy. ♪ robitussin®. relief made simple. you tell us what you want to pay, and we give you a range of coverages to choose from. who is she? that's flobot. she's this new robot we're trying out, mostly for, like, small stuff. wow! look at her go! she's pretty good. she's pretty good. hey, flobot, great job. oops. [ powers down ] uh-oh, flobot is broken. the "name your price" tool, only from progressive. call or click today. man on tv: ...rbis and 36 homers. swings at the first pitch and fouls it deep back into the stands. [ding] [fans whirring] announcer: chill raw and prepared foods promptly. one in 6 americans will get sick from food poisoning th
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Dec 29, 2011 5:00pm PST
. thank you for that. >>> still ahead, the chilling 911 call made by a texas man who killed six members of his family, then himself. also, a driver's rampage through his neighborhood. amazing video i'll show you ahead. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's easy to see what subaru owners care about. ♪ that's why we created the share the love event. get a great deal on a new subaru and 250 dollars goes to your choice of five charities. ♪ with your help, we can reach 20 million dollars by the end of this, our fourth year. [ female announcer ] get 0 percent apr financing on select models for thirty-six months and we'll donate two-hundred and fifty dollars to your choice of five charities. now through january 3rd. what's going on? we ordered a gift online and we really need to do something with it... i'm just not sure what... what is it? oh just return it. returning gifts is easier than ever with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. plus i can pick it up for free. perfect because we have to get that outta this hous
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Dec 17, 2011 11:00am PST
mexico to the panhandle of texas and oklahoma. we could be talking six to 12 inches in those areas. a big cooldown will begin to move in behind that front. one other story we're tracking today, a clipper moving across the great lakes. we have some video to show you out of milwaukee. a nice dusting of snow for you there last nigh. just enough to be a little bit of a nuance or perhaps just enough to get you into the holiday spirit. fredricka. >> look at how that snow is like sparkling. glistening. >> it does, doesn't it? looks like a dry snow to me. >> nice. all right. thanks so much, jackie. definitely in the spirit now. >>> so this holiday season more of you are buying gift cards. so are you getting gift cards from department stores, restaurants, or entertainment venues or elsewhere? the answer right after this. >>> all right. what kind of gift cards are you buying this holiday season? according to the national retail federati federation, department stores topped the list followed by restaurants. then entertainment venues at 18%. >>> all right. it's the number one issue in american homes,
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Dec 3, 2011 11:00am PST
in ft. hood, texas. the last of our brave men and women who served in iraq are now back with their families. this unit coordinated logistics of the drawdown and now they are home. >>> back now to our top story, herman cain's decision to suspend his campaign. our shannon travis was there when cain stepped before the cameras. really, shannon, it was difficult to discern what he was about to say, because he talked very much like a man who was still on the campaign trail. it was only until he revealed there was a plan b, that he is suspending his campaign? >> absolutely right, fred. up until the moment he uttered those actual words, he was suspending his campaign, everybody was pretty much guessing. he was talking about the people going on to victory. someone got up on stage before him and talked about going out and supporting and volunteering in iowa and new hampshire. it seemed as if he might actually go on until he dropped those words. take a look at what herman cain said himself. >> becoming president was plan a. before you get discouraged, today i want to describe plan b. as of to
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